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I studied Yoruba, not because I was dull - Dele Momodu

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Foremost Nigerian journalist and the Ovation publisher Chief Dele Momodu, has said he studied Yoruba, not because he was a dullard. 

Dele Momodu, who is a panelist on the recently held Home Advantage Africa event at Eko Hotel and Suite, said that many people taught he studied Yoruba in the University because he was a dullard.

The Ovasion publisher graduated with (Bsc hons) in Yoruba from the then University of Ife, now Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife in 19.

According to him, there were hundreds of them admitted for Yoruba studies, but only six graduated in his set. 

"When I said I wanted to study Yoruba, people complained even my illiterate mother had to ask me that "Ayobamidele is this how dull you're that you can't get any other course, but I had to convince her and told her Yoruba is like any other languages - be it German, Portuguese.

I was never a dullard, I studied Yoruba because I didn't want to do what everyone was doing. What were fashionable and trending then were courses like Law, Accounting... I didn't know that God was preparing for what I'm doing today. We were about 100 in my part 1 and only six of us graduated, others ran away. But I went back to the University to prove that I wasn't a dullard, that I could do something else, I then did a master in English literature and for 20years, I didn't see any Nigerian  that combine such a satanic course because is from one history to another "

The renowned publisher also charge young minds at the Home Advantage Africa event to always get prepared as opportunities fly around looking for people, but prepared minds. 

"Nobody would help you, when you have nothing to offer. Let me share you this story. When I was in Exile, sent me by the then Military ruler; Sani Abacha. I was in England and a day I visited Senator Bode Olajumoke and he said to me, I like your magazine, just that we notice inconsistency. Then I told him, is about finances that we have great contents, but no finance to run, then he loaned me £10,000 in 1997, which as you know media is like casino I couldn't repay after one year, because I was still growing Ovasion, then Abacha died and I could come back to Nigeria and I went straight to Daddy Olajumoke and he said the money was a gift. There are good people in Nigeria, but you have to take something to them,  you're been watched" he said.

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